Head-To-Head Review: Milestone Scientific (MLSS) versus Its Competitors

Milestone Scientific (NYSE: MLSS) is one of 33 public companies in the “Surgical appliances & supplies” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Milestone Scientific to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Milestone Scientific and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Milestone Scientific 0 0 0 0 N/A
Milestone Scientific Competitors 375 1236 2017 104 2.50

As a group, “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies have a potential downside of 1.97%. Given Milestone Scientific’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Milestone Scientific has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Milestone Scientific and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Milestone Scientific -169.37% -236.77% -104.30%
Milestone Scientific Competitors -208.64% -62.70% -25.26%

Volatility and Risk

Milestone Scientific has a beta of 1.46, meaning that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Milestone Scientific’s peers have a beta of 0.67, meaning that their average share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Milestone Scientific and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Milestone Scientific $8.38 million -$7.52 million -11.63
Milestone Scientific Competitors $1.25 billion $176.03 million 40.45

Milestone Scientific’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Milestone Scientific. Milestone Scientific is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

9.9% of Milestone Scientific shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.0% of shares of all “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies are held by institutional investors. 36.5% of Milestone Scientific shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.9% of shares of all “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Milestone Scientific peers beat Milestone Scientific on 7 of the 10 factors compared.

Milestone Scientific Company Profile

Milestone Scientific, Inc. develops computer-controlled anesthetic delivery devices for the medical and dental markets in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Dental and Medical. Its products include CompuDent System that are used to control the flow rate of the anesthesia during the injection, which allows virtually painless injections for various dental procedures, including routine fillings, implants, root canals, and crowns. The company also offers CompuFlo, a computer-controlled drug delivery system for the painless delivery of drugs, anesthetics, and other medicaments, as well as for the aspiration of bodily fluids or previously injected substances; and disposable injection handpiece for the tactile control during the injection. In addition, it provides CompuFlo Epidural, a computer controlled anesthesia system for use in various medical applications; CompuFlo Intra-Articular, a computer controlled injection system for administering corticosteroids and other medicaments; and CompuMed for use in various medical applications, such as plastic, hair restoration, and colorectal surgery, as well as podiatry, dermatology, orthopedics, and various other disciplines. Further, the company offers Cosmetic Botulinum Injection device for the pain free injection of botulinum toxin; Veterinary Nerve Block Anesthesia device; and other devices. Milestone Scientific, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Livingston, New Jersey.

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